Coverage of the people, tools and techniques related to catastrophe restoration. Insights on responding to hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, localized flooding, snow storms, mudslides, deep freezes and other acts of Mother Nature.
The oldest and most complex of the restoration disciplines, fire remediation work requires an understanding of how fire and combustion residues behave to effectively neutralize and return a structure to a livable state.Cole Stanton explores four fundamental chemistry subsets of fire damage and how each can impact restoration work.
Tractable, the company developing artificial intelligence (AI) for visual assessment and disaster recovery, has launched AI Property, a new solution that assesses damage to buildings caused by hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.
‘Tis the season for reflection and, keeping with tradition, we’re revisiting the most viewed – and listened to – elements of R&R from 2021. This year we’ve expanded our purview, adding two categories (news stories and podcast episodes) and sharing top-15 lists instead of top-10.
Developed by NCEI with data from NOAA, FEMA and academic institutions, this interactive NOAA mapping tool provides detailed information on a location’s susceptibility to weather and climate hazards that can lead to billion-dollar disasters — such as wildfires, floods, drought and heat waves, tornado outbreaks, and hurricanes.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell has released the agency’s 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan, outlining a bold vision and three ambitious goals designed to address key challenges the agency faces during a pivotal moment in the field of emergency management.
Bart Meador is vice president of operations, residential storm, with PuroClean. His division specializes in mobilizing teams following CAT events. Here, he shares the experience of over 50 PuroClean franchises responding to Hurricane Ida devastation.
On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. PuroClean Residential Loss division vice president Bart Meador leads a team that steps in to respond on the ground and mobilize teams following such disasters. He shares PuroClean’s experience responding to Ida, including its impact on the Northeast.
Drone software and hardware capabilities are expanding each year, with significant implications for the restoration and insurance industries. Advancements in AI and photogrammetry make for more accurate and comprehensive reporting on damaged structures. For example, thermal mapping via drones allows assessors to spot leaks and water damage on a roof without needing to climb said roof.
The active 2021 Atlantic hurricane season officially concluded November 30 having produced 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), including seven hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater) of which four were major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).